Afternoon Coffee: eBay/Amazon Same-day Delivery, New Air-freight App, Apples That Never Turn Brown

"Same-day services are satisfying both the convenient need of online shopping and immediacy factor of offline."
EBay and Amazon Eye Same-Day Delivery -- Earlier this week, EBay (EBAY) invited select San Francisco customers to sample EBay Now--a shopping app that boasts same-day delivery. Bay Area residents who have received an invite will be able to download the app to their Apple (AAPL) iPhones and iPads. All of the products featured will be new and sold directly by local stores, including Target (TGT), Nordstrom (JWN), andWalgreens (WAG). Once you hit the "Bring It" button, your personal EBay shopping valet will pick up and deliver the item to wherever you are--the office, home, coffee shop. The Web auction house will waive the delivery fee for your first three purchases (which can't cost less than $25), after which point a $5 surcharge will be tacked on. The beta pilot is only meant to gauge whether there's an appetite. "Same-day services are satisfying both the convenient need of online shopping and immediacy factor of offline," says Scot Wingo, chief executive officer of ChannelAdvisor, a global e-commerce software provider.

Freight carriers and cost...on the go.
New freight app calculates the best aircraft for cargo -- Air Partner has become the first aircraft charter broker to launch a freight app, which determines the most suitable air carrier for the type of cargo. The multi-lingual interactive app uses the weight and dimensions of a cargo to choose the aircraft most suited to the task, suggesting up to four different models. In addition to this, the application also includes images and cargo hold diagrams which allow a greater understanding of the type of aircraft needed to move a particular item.

Where are they now?
Lawyers From Suits Against Big Tobacco Target Food Makers -- More than a dozen lawyers who took on the tobacco companies have filed 25 cases against industry players like ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, Heinz, General Mills and Chobani that stock pantry shelves and refrigerators across America. The suits, filed over the last four months, assert that food makers are misleading consumers and violating federal regulations by wrongly labeling products and ingredients. While there has been a barrage of litigation against the industry in recent years, the tobacco lawyers are moving particularly aggressively. They are asking a federal court in California to halt ConAgra's sales of Pam cooking spray, Swiss Miss cocoa products and some Hunt's canned tomatoes. "It's a crime -- and that makes it a crime to sell it," said Mr. Barrett, citing what he contends is the mislabeling of those products. "That means these products should be taken off the shelves."

This is creepy.
Meet The Company That Wants To Make Your Fruit Perfect, And Genetically Engineered -- The kind of fruit you might see in a television ad, glistening and unblemished, is a rarity. A large percentage of all produce (40%) never even makes it to the grocery store or farmer's market because of damage. This problem, compounded by the fact that apple consumption has been on the decline for decades, led Neal Carter, the founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, to search for solutions. He came up with the Arctic Apple, a genetically engineered apple that doesn't turn brown, even when bruised or cut open. It's the closest science has come to creating the perfect apple specimen. But not everyone is happy about it.

- Sheena Moore

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